PEEBLES TOWN GUIDE
Peebles, one of the borders bigger towns has a population of just over 7000, and is on the A72 with the A703 joining from the north on the River Tweed, 20 miles south of Edinburgh. Well known area for Golfing and Cycling routes.
Peebles enjoys a most attractive setting amongst the hills on the banks of the River Tweed. The wide spacious High Street has an old Mercat Cross and the ruined Cross Kirk, standing high above Eddleston Water, was founded in 1261. The Cornice Museum recreates an ornamental plasterer's workshop, while the Chambers Institute features the Tweeddale Museum and Gallery.
Peebles' events calendar includes the Beltane Week, Arts Festival, Highland Games and Agricultural Show. Golf, fishing, mountain biking and walking are popular pursuits within the Forests of Tweeddale and the challenging Southern Upland Way is easily accessible.
On the edge of the town, Neidpath Castle stands high on a rocky outcrop above the River Tweed and, within a short drive, are Kailzie Gardens and Dawyck Botanic Gardens.
To the east, surrounded by scenic hill country, lies Innerleithen, where St. Ronan's Wells Interpretative Centre depicts the era of the last century when the town was famed as a spa. Robert Smail's Printing Works give a fascinating insight into the printing processes of the past.
Traquair House, the oldest inhabited house in Scotland, has played host to 27 monarchs. The area is closely associated with the manufacture of high quality knitwear and the Scottish Museum of Woollen Textiles at Walkerburn traces the history of the industry.
Eddleston, to the north, is in the heart of beautiful wooded countryside and West Linton, at the foot of the Pentland Hills, is an historic conservation village. South west is Tweedsmuir; 1600 feet above sea level on an old coaching route. The church spire is an unmistakable landmark in the remote and peaceful upland area, once the haunt of Covenanters. Broughton village is noted for its gallery and the John Buchan Centre, which recreates the life of the famous writer, soldier and politician.
Visitors to the town can enjoy free parking; local publications include a Town Plan, mini-guide and countryside walks.
Local places of interest include Neidpath Castle, Peebles Crosskirk, Traquair House, Broughton Gallery, The Cornice Museum of Ornamental Plasterwork, John Buchan Centre, Robert Smail's Printing Works, St Ronan's Wells Interpretative Centre, Tweeddale Museum & Picture Gallery, Dawyck Botanic Garden, Kailzie Gardens, Peebles Craft Centre, Innerleithen Golf Club (9 hole), Peebles Golf Club (18 hole), West Linton Golf Club (18 hole), Swimming Pool and Leisure Centre.
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